petak, 13. ožujka 2020.

Kako ne posjetiti Rim/ How not to visit Rome


Nakon dosta vremena neputovanja van zemlje, iskombinirao se put, u Rim.
Kupila se karta, rezervirao se hotel. Uzeo se godišnji. Izguglala sam što sve posjetiti i koja mjesta obići i baš sam se radovala.
Retrogradni Merkur je sada, jelda?
Uglavnom, super je i ispalo. Doma sam, godišnji je počeo.
Rim će pričekati, preživio je i gore stvari.

Imamo sve što nam treba i planiram se minimalno izlagati virusu u idućih deset dana.
Pokušavam u svim ovim vijestima naći razumne i logične, i ne klikat na sve pizdarije koje su clickbaitovi, a ne vijesti.

Nadam se da ste svi dobro i na sigurnom, koliko je to moguće. Nadam se i da su vaši stari i bolesni i osjetljivi zaštićeni, koliko je to moguće.
Što radite, jeste li na sigurnom, kako je u vašim gradovima i zemljama? Kako gledate na sve ovo?




After quite a long time without traveling abroad, a trip to Rome was planned and organized. We bought plane tickets, reserved the hotel, took vacation days at work..and then this all happened.
Actually, the best option happened, without us there this moment. It is really the silver lining, isn't it?

At the moment, I'm at home, starting my vacation. I have bought everything on time, and plan to stay home all the time. In Croatia, the worse is yet to come, according to people who know more about it.
I try not to read everything about covid, so many true and false news, and I try to find the most logical and objective ones. I see Europe is at the moment the center of the pandemic.

I hope you are safe, and healthy, as well as your old ones and ill ones, too.
I hope there will be the least of the tragic stories as possible.

How is the situation in your town and country? What is your opinion on this?


srijeda, 11. prosinca 2019.

Što obući na posao?/ What to wear to work?

Brojim koliko još ima do zimskog solsticija pa da konačno opet idemo u smjeru duljeg dana, i ranijeg jutra.
Kad radim ujutro (a radim smjenski) dižem se oko 5.20 h zimi ( oko 5 ljeti). Ako se budite u to vrijeme, znate da je vani mrkli mrak. U polumraku šetam Čiku u brzinsku wc šetnju, i putem pokušavam probuditi mozak da odluči što da obučem za posao. Probala sam s onim pripremanjem dan ranije- ne ide kod mene.

Da gledam ovo sa slike kroz onih 30 nošenja, što se promovira kao način da se iskoristi svaki komad robe koji imamo, ta brojka je odavno prošla. Suknju sam kupila od svoje druge plaće, Diadema, prije 15tak godina. Nije se pomakla s mjesta, samo ju sad nosim malo više u struku jer sam deblja nego prije 15 godina.

Probala sam naći svoje stare postove sa suknjom, našla sam dva.
Jutros je u Zagrebu bilo -4.5C i bome fest štipa za obraze.
Što se tiče grilonki, pohvaljujem ove koje imam na sebi (nekako me uvijek podsjete na koru drveta), ovo im je mislim treća zima. Divne su, mekane i elastične i udobne  i griju, nisu nigdje pukle. Kunert, kupljene u Mülleru. S druge strane, nedavno sam išla kupiti grilonke u DM i očito su prestali prodavati svoju marku Fascino, koja je imala odlične najlonke, i počeli prodavati Stellu Jones. Pojma nisam imala da s promjenom imena dolazi i promjena kvalitete.
Razočarala sam se toliko da sam im slala mail. No džabe pišem, povratka na stare najlonke izgleda da nema, mada smo se lijepo tipkali i malo dopisivali.
Bezveze mi je kad provjereno dobar proizvod (bilo tko) pretvore u škart.

Majica je trula višnja, čizme su crveno trulo višnjaste. Ja sam preumorna na slici jer mi fali puno sati sna i neko drugo vrijeme za ustajanje, pa se pravim da će jak ruž riješiti bar dio problema.
Srijeda je, pol radnog tjedna je skoro pa gotovo!



I'm counting days till the winter solstice is here, so we can have more daylight again. At least more light in the morning. I work in shifts, and when I work in the morning, I get up at 5.20 h ( in the summer at 5 am), walk my dog for a quick walk and try to wake my brain, to finally decide what to wear to work. I tried preparing the evening earlier- it doesn't work in my case.

If I tried to count how many times I wore each one of these clothes on me, it would be way more then 30, which is a suggested goal for wearing your wardrobe closet. I remember buying this skirt with my second paycheck, it was 15 years ago. The skirt hasn't changed a bit. I only wear it higher in my waist because today I have more weight then I had back then. I've found two my older #ootd post where I'm wearing it: here and here.

Speaking of tights, these here is Kunert. This is the third winter I've been wearing them, and they are warm, comfortable and didn't rip. On the other hand, I've had an unpleasant purchase a few weeks ago when I shopped for tights in DM (an European store) where for years I had been buying their fantastic tights. They have changed the name and the quality. I was so disappointed I wrote them an email. We talked over e mails for a while, they're sorry and nothing will change, of course.
I didn't expect otherwise but I really dislike when a good product is changed into something really bad.

I've decided to pair my brown tights and skirt with red boots and dark red/purple shirt. I am so tired and pretend a bright red lipstick will do the magic and make me at least look less tired.
It is Wednesday, so the half of the work week is almost done :)

srijeda, 4. prosinca 2019.

Kratka zimska jakna/ A short winter jacket


 Imam jednu kratku zimsku jaknu. Ona je neuništiva.
Kupila sam ju davne 2004. godine u Celju, išli smo na izlet tamo u neki šoping centar, tada još Zara nije postojala u Hrvatskoj.
Trebala mi je jakna, odabrala sam ovu. Svidjela mi se jer je jednostavna, ima fora kroj ovratnika- velik je i preklapa se, a može se nabrati nekim vezicama sa strane.

Pojma nisam imala da je zbilja neuništiva. Ta jakna je otporna na vjetar, kišu, hladnoću, s nje leti i voda i šalovi i naramenice torbe, a kad pješačim u njoj, za 15 minuta se moram raskopčati jer zakuham, pa idem dalje razdrljena ko kakav drvodječa.

Prošlo je 15 godina i jakna se nije pomaknula s mjesta, osim što je malo apšisala smeđa boja na ovratniku pa baca na zeleno, al izgleda odlično i s tim.
Nemam realan razlog kupiti novu. Godine prolaze, lijepe jakne se pojavljuju i nestaju u ponudama dućana, ja nemam srca kupiti neku drugu jer ova radi odličan posao.

Ovo me dovoodi do daljnjih par zaključaka. Nije da nisam isprobavala neke druge kratke jakne.
Ne mogu ući u isti broj koji ova moja jakna ima.  Većina jakni je napravljena s čudnom duljinom rukava da se uglavnom osjećam kao orangutan. Što je to s današnjom modnom industrijom, da je većina nogavica prekratka, i očito su i rukavi problem?

Drugo. Kad sam kupila ovu Zarinu jaknu nisam imala u planu da će ovoliko trajati, ali vjerujem da ni Zara nije planirala da će joj proizvodi ovoliko trajati. Na početku Zare, ili bar Zare kad sam ju ja postala svjesna, nekakva Zara i H&M proizvodili su i prodavali artikle koji meni još i danas stoje u ormaru i imam ih i nosim više od 15 godina. Na početku, oni su bili fashion brandovi, a sad su fast fashion brandovi. Razlika je u tome što danas jedna Zara ima novu ponudu u svakom tjednu tekuće godine. Nema se baš vremena za proizvodnju nečeg što će trajati ne znam kako dugo.
Svjesna sam da nema profita ako napraviš sve da traje desetljećima, ali zaboravila sam koliko je na početku ta roba bila dobra.

Znam da uglavnom ovdje pišem kritički o fast fashion brandovima, zato je ovo dobar primjer da se može i drugačije.

Imate li kakav komad robe koji se ne da i ne umire i ne trga se i traje godinama? Odbijate li kupiti nešto slično dok god je živ?




A long long time ago, 15 years ago to be precise, I needed a short winter jacket. Back then there was no Zara store in Croatia, so a few of us went to a journey to Slovenia, where a shopping mall in Celje (a town) was having Zara store.


I liked how it looks like, the colour and the shape, and this oversize collar, so I've bought it. I had no idea it will be alive and great looking for 15 years.
Years pass by, this jacket doesn't get old. It looks the same, only the colour on the collar is a bit changed, but it looks even better.

This Zara winter jacket is windproof, waterproof, I can't put the scarf or a purse on it- everything slides down.It is so warm I have to zip it down after 15 minutes of walk.
The jacket stayed in such a great shape throughout the years, I had no reason to buy another jacket. I have tried a few, and few showed up in these 15 years which I liked, but didn't buy.
I have concluded a few things. First, Zara and H&M  and similar brand can make and did make wardrobe that last long. it just doesn't make any profit, making articles that will be great for decades.

Long before Zara became a fast fashion brand, it was a good fashion brand, making a good quality clothes.

Second, how things have changed. I have tried some winter jackets  and I can't fit into the same size this jacket in the picture is. Besides, today's winter jackets tend to have short sleeves, which I really can't understand. Come to think of it, today's fashion prefers shorter jacket sleeves and shorter trouser legs, and I really don't understand why. I stood in these winter jackets looking like an orangutan, with my bare arms showing from the too short jacket sleeves.

I wore this jacket today and remembered how good it is. How often do you have such a chance, to purchase a wardrobe article that will last for 15 years? In the beginning, or at least in the beginning of my knowing H&M, Zara and similar brands, I purchased some clothes there that still last and I wear them 10, 15 years later. I have forgotten it was normal back then.


Usually I write here more critically about fast fashion brands, I think it is good reminding and showing how it was in the beginning, and giving an example they can do better.

četvrtak, 28. studenoga 2019.

Black Friday/ Crni petak



Za one koji ne znaju, crni petak je dan nakon američkog Dana zahvalnosti, kada dućani po jako niskim cijenama prodaju sve, a sam Black Friday zapravo otvara blagdansku sezonu kupovine.

Prije je to bilo malo primjerenije, u zadnjim godinama se pretvorilo u stampedo u kojem ljudi prvenstveno gube dostojanstvo u onim silnim otimačinama stvari, što se rado pokazuje na tvu.
Čitam po internetima Amerikance koji su znali prije otići u shopping centre na kavu i druženje nakon Dana zahvalnosti i malo gledati ponudu, sad su to igre gladi.


Naravno da je došlo i do nas, sve dođe do nas, pogotovo stvari vezane za potrošnju i konzumerizam.
I mada nemamo dan zahvale za sve što imamo, imamo idući dan jedva da su sniženja koja se bombastično najavljuju (taj američki princip su naši dućani preskočili, popusti su oko 20%  u Hrvatskoj, ako).

Svatko radi sa svojim novcem što želim i uopće nemam namjeru ikome dijeliti savjete kako preskočiti ovaj petak i dane prije njega, uključujući idući ponedjeljak- Cyber Monday. Uskoro će svaki dan u tjednu imati svoj naziv :)

Činjenica je da si mnogi ljudi, i ovdje i drugdje u svijetu, neke stvari ne bi mogli priuštiti da nema (i) takvih sniženja.

Zato, ako koristite ove dane s popustima da si kupite nešto što vam treba, razmislite treba li vam, kome idu novci, i koliko dugo će vam ta stvar trajati.
Uložite u nešto što će isplatiti te novce i što će zbilja trajati, bila to šminka, roba, ili nova kuhinja.








If you're reading this in English, you probably know it all about the Black Friday phenomenon.
Something that used to be more calm, turned into an annual stampede and overconsumption.

Of course, it came to Croatia too, although we don't have Thanksgiving day. Also, sales are not that big, but people still purchase. And since I don't live in a bubble, I am aware many people have this day to purchase things that couldn't be bought any other way.

I'm not going to tell you how you shouldn't spend your money. Just think about it if you really need it, where your money will go and how long these things you're purchasing will last.
Keep in mind to find make up, wardrobe, shoes, what ever you are planning to buy, that will last enough to be worth the money.


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